President Dr. Michael S. Firstenberg


The global events of the past year have challenged every aspect of society – none more so than the health care systems of the world.


ACAIM Position Statements

  • Structural Racism

    5 Jul 2021 10:48 AM

    The American College of Academic International Medicine (ACAIM) denounces the structural racism, including incidents of police brutality, that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and so many others before them. The institutionalized beliefs, behaviors, actions and systems associated with, and responsible for, these tragedies must be confronted and reformed with urgency before more lives are lost. We join ours to the global chorus of voices calling for the cessation of deadly force use by law enforcement, for active review and elimination of discriminatory practices, and for justice for the lives that have been taken.

  • Anti-Asian Violence

    24 Mar 2021 10:39 AM

    The American College of Academic International Medicine (ACAIM) condemns all forms of violence, discrimination, racism, harassment and xenophobia. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the combination of inflammatory political discourse, deeply embedded prejudices, and the general increase in intolerant behaviors has resulted in a significant increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans.

  • COVID 2nd Wave in India

    22 Nov 2021

    The American College of Academic International Medicine stands in solidarity with our medical colleagues and the people of India in the midst of an unprecedented resurgence of COVID-19 infections, resulting in a devastating impact to the nation. As we learn of the rising number of cases and associated death toll from COVID-19, ACAIM lauds the support of the United States Government to India in its time of humanitarian crisis.

Mission for International Medicine

  • To promote the mission of Academic International Medicine (AIM) professionals in the United States and beyond.
  • To promote clinical, educational and scientific collaboration of AIM professionals, both domestically and globally
  • To create a platform for domestic and global coordination of academic, clinical and educational efforts involving AIM professionals.
  • To educate, generate and publish new knowledge, create relevant guidelines, and assist policy making in the area of international medicine.
  • To standardize processes and objective measurements of academic and clinical productivity associated with the participation of U.S. AIM professionals in international endeavors.

From the Desk of

President Dr. Michael S. Firstenberg

The global events of the past year have challenged every aspect of society – none more so than the health care systems of the world. While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating, the scientific and front-line health care providers have, without a doubt, risen to the difficulties and continue to go above and beyond. ACAIM continues to strive to partner globally with those who share in the Mission that working together we can all build a stronger and more unified foundation to move forward. By bringing together physician -scientists -educators from around the world, we aim to help support and build those partnerships for a common goal that the strengths of a Team will always exceed those of an individual. We must all learn from the challenges and difficulties that we have faced, both personally and professionally, and move forward so that we can be ready for what comes next. Nevertheless, the journey that we are all on is never-ending. On behalf of all the ACAIM membership and leadership, we welcome the partnership and collective engagement as we all try to make this journey together.

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